Looking to focus your mind and expand your creative self? Try some of our favorite writing exercises.
This fabulous exercise, from Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way, helps clear and focus your mind.
Daily Self-Awareness Journal.
Keeping a daily journal is a great way to get to know yourself, find clarity and inner guidance. By just taking time out to write every day, like you are talking to an old friend, you will find new perspective on seemingly “big problems,” and you will inevitably heighten your awareness to how you are feeling and what is happening inside of yourself. If you like, you can pose a theme or question that you would like guidance on, and you’ll be surprised at the information that will come through! We suggest writing long hand with a real pen and paper for maximum connection and benefits, but typing is ok too.
You’re a Poet!
From something you’ve written in your journal or morning pages, circle several words or phrases that strike you, say between 5 and 15. Then write these words either at the top of a blank page, or down the lefthand side. Challenge yourself to include each of the selected words or phrases in a poem. You could model your poem in a certain classic structure, or freestyle. Remember, not all poems have set rhyme and rhythm. But in case you like structure, here are some classic styles.
Collage your dreams and goals. When we create 3-D art that articulates our goals, it adds power to our intention, as well as helps us to get clear about what it is we would like to attract into our lives. Here’s one of our favorite Healing House Art Therapy sessions.
Recording a hit song to share the world is no longer out of your reach. You can now have a near-professional quality recording from the palm of your hand with your iPhone.
1. Keep your phone close and its microphone closer. The quality of the sound depends on your device’s microphone. The iPhone’s microphone is high quality, but it does work best when it is no further than a foot from the source of sound.
2. There’s an app for that. There are a variety of applications available that can help make the most of your recordings. Four Track, with its four track recorder and the ability to upload from the app to your computer via WiFi, is one that is highly recommended. Experiment with different applications to find one that meets your needs and style.
3. Use your computer to make the most of your recording. Export your recordings from your iPhone to your computer to apply effects and get your song radio-ready for all the world to hear.